Sunday, May 13, 2012

Early Church Fathers, Sunday, May 13, 2012, St Cyprian of Carthage

St CyprianSt Cyprian (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)
It seemed fitting, dearest brother, after examining each case separately, to admit after a time those who had received certificates; and those who sacrificed should be received at death, because among the dead there is no confession of sin, nor is it possible to force anyone to repentance if the fruit of repentance be taken away. If the battle come suddenly, he will be found ready for it, having been strengthened by us. And indeed, if illness press hard upon him before the battle, he will depart with the comfort of peace and of being in communion. St Cyprian of Carthage, Letter of Cyprian to Antonianus
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